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ACES 2016!

Augmentative Communication Empowerment Supports
July 18-29, 2016 on the Temple University Main Campus
ACES is a program for young adults who use communication technology (speech generating devices) to develop/refine their skills for effective communication at home, school, work, and in the community.
For more information, email us at ACESinfo@temple.edu
On Wednesday, 11/25/15, look for the ACES website to go live. We will have information posted for applicants, volunteers, and therapists.

November 2015


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PIAT AT Expo and Vendor Fair
CELEBRATE! November is Assistive Technology Awareness Month in Pennsylvania.
Discover the latest assistive technology for communication, learning, telecommunication, independent living, employment accommodation. Door Prizes and giveaways.
FREE - ALL ARE WELCOME: Students, Teachers, Seniors, Employers, Parents. Registration is recommended.

DATE/TIME

November 20, 2015, 9 AM - 3 PM


July 2015

July 27-30 (Monday - Thursday ~ 9 AM - 2 PM)

Parent AAC Bootcamp: AAC Bootcamp for Parents of Non-speaking Kids

Parents will develop an understanding of the purpose and potential of using augmentative and alternative communication with their children, learn how to help choose the best AAC system for their child, understand the value of core vocabulary instruction and how to help their child learn language, practice techniques to increase their child’s communication, and identify where in their schedule they can best focus on AAC and communication. -- Fee: $250 - Early bird discount of $200 before June 15, 2015
Location: Bourne Public Schools (Massachusetts)
Contact: Mallory Shelly at 508-751-6328 or mshelly@eastersealsma.org
Registration & Information: http://www.easterseals.com/ma/our-programs/assistive-technology/at-workshops-forums.html


August 2015

August 12-13 (Wednesday - half day Thursday)

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) Extended Course: Highlighting Local Clients

Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give individuals who are non-verbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through the use of a voice output communication device. LAMP was initially developed to give non-verbal individuals with autism a means of communication but can be adapted to benefit individuals with a variety of disabilities. The components of LAMP address the features and vocabulary available on the device as well as the method of teaching communication while taking into account the individual’s sensory needs. Topics to be covered include:
  • The 5 components of LAMP: readiness to learn, joint engagement, and pairing a unique and consistent motor plan with auditory output and a natural response.
  • The role of motor learning in language development and AAC fluency
  • Device features that support implementation
  • Choosing and teaching vocabulary
  • Introduction to the Words for Life AAC iPad app and vocabulary file for PRC devices
  • ASHA CEUs available
Location: Franklin Learning Center -- Chambersburg, PA
Contact: susan@aacandautism.com
Registration & Information: http://www.aacandautism.com/trng/ ~ A 50% discount is available for parents and students; email susan@aacandautism.com

August 16-22 (Sunday-Saturday)

Camp Chatterbox

Camp Chatterbox, sponsored by Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, is a weeklong overnight camp for children and young adults, ages 5-22, who use technology such as iPads with AAC Apps, Eye-Gaze devices or Tobii/DynaVox or PRC devices to communicate.
Location: Oakhurst, NJ
Registration & Information: http://www.campchatterbox.org/


August 19-20 (Wednesday-Thursday)

PODD Communication Books Two Day Introductory Workshop

Children who have complex communication needs or have only limited speech, in addition to other challenges, often struggle to interact and communicate. This may include children who have physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory processing challenges, limited social interaction skills, and/or a range of cognitive limitations and learning difficulties.
This 2-day course will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter (Melbourne, Australia). Generic templates for multi-page "light tech" communication books have been carefully designed to support genuine communication for a variety of functions throughout the day. These templates may be customized for a range of access methods and other individual needs.
Come learn strategies for creating multi-modal language learning environments that provide receptive models and expressive opportunities for language development. Learn strategies for teaching and using PODD with children and their communication partners. Videos and case examples will be shared. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on practice with PODD Communication books.
This workshop is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Professional area, Introductory level).
Location: SEEM Collaborative Training Room - Boston, MA
Registration & Information: Sheilagh Senior, 781-279-1361 x1110 or SEEM Collorative

November 2015

November 12-14 (Thursday - Saturday)

ASHA Convention

The ASHA Convention is the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together more than 12,000 attendees, the Annual Convention provides you with a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest research, polish clinical skills, improve techniques, and gain new tools and resources to advance professional development.
Location: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202.
Registration & Information: www.asha.org


January 2016

August 28 (Thursday)

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) Extended Course: Highlighting Local Clients

Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give individuals who are non-verbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through the use of a voice output communication device. LAMP was initially developed to give non-verbal individuals with autism a means of communication but can be adapted to benefit individuals with a variety of disabilities. The components of LAMP address the features and vocabulary available on the device as well as the method of teaching communication while taking into account the individual’s sensory needs. Topics to be covered include:
  • The 5 components of LAMP: readiness to learn, joint engagement, and pairing a unique and consistent motor plan with auditory output and a natural response.
  • The role of motor learning in language development and AAC fluency
  • Device features that support implementation
  • Choosing and teaching vocabulary
  • Introduction to the Words for Life AAC iPad app and vocabulary file for PRC devices
  • ASHA CEUs available
Location: Capital Area Intermediate Unit -- Enola, PA
Contact: susan@aacandautism.com
Registration & Information: http://www.aacandautism.com/trng/ ~ A 50% discount is available for parents and students; email susan@aacandautism.com

Ongoing Training (PA-based)

Check out these Pennsylvania-based organizations that provide communication-related trainings for and/or about people with disabilities. They each maintain an active schedule of trainings, so please check their websites' calendars for dates.

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)

www.pattan.net
County-Specific and Online
The mission of the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services. The website includes: Parent Information, Training for Professionals (in-person events, instructor-led courses, and self-paced online courses), Support for Students, and Legal Information. See their training calendar for professionals working with a school district here: www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/.

Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

www11.networksfortraining.org/index.php#whoWeAre
County-Specific
Networks for Training and Development, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting inclusive communities through quality training, consultation, and practice for individuals with disabilities, families, businesses, and neighborhoods. They provide trainings for counties in Pennsylvania through contracts, including Philadelphia and Northumberland counties. In addition to "county specific" events, Networks also offers "Fee-Based" events which anyone can attend for a specified cost. For more information and to register online, click on a specific training/event here: www11.networksfortraining.org/highlights.php.

The Pennsylvania Training Partnership for People with Disabilities and Families

www.temple.edu/thetrainingpartnership/
County-Specific
The Partnership brings together 5 agencies to educate and empower people with intellectual disabilities and their families. They offers a wide range of topics. Each FREE training module is two hours in length (unless otherwise noted). Resource materials are provided to each family free of charge, and all participants receive handouts and a certificate of completion for each presentation. They offer Act 48 credits and some reimbursement, such as mileage and child care to families upon request. To view the scheduled trainings throughout the Commonwealth, view the Training Calendar here: www.temple.edu/thetrainingpartnership/calendar/.


Ongoing Training (Web-based)

There are great web-based resources for trainings you can complete on YOUR schedule. Browse below for information about organizations and product manufacturers that offer free or low-cost trainings. Please read carefully as some may require you to set-up an account prior to participating in trainings.

ATiA

www.atia.org
Archived / Online Webinars
Assistive Technology Industry Association provides Online Webinars via Live Broadcasts (at scheduled times) and Education On-Demand through Archived Webinars (accessible online at anytime). They also host bi-annual conferences in Chicago and Orlando. They offer the possibility to achieve CEU credits upon completion of the trainings. For complete information about ATIA's Education opportunities, please visit the Education / Conferences page.

AbleNet, Inc.

www.ablenetinc.com
Archived / Online Webinars
AbleNet offers free, one-hour live and recorded webinars on a variety of topics such as curricular program, software, or technology, as well as onsite training for more personalized instruction and hands-on product experience. Make sure to look on under the "Support" pull down menu for helpful information, ideas for using their products and downloadable resources. For more information about available trainings, visit the AbleNet University page.

Accessible Technology Coalition (ATC)

www.atcoalition.org
Archived / Online Webinars
ATC offers free, weekly, one-hour online webinars on a variety of topics. Trainings will provide you with the knowledge and support to effectively identify the correct AT solution and use it successfully. A free membership is required to register for webinars. For a list of upcoming or archived webinars, or to register, visit the Trainings page.

Dynavox

www.dynavoxtech.com
Trainings
Dynavox offers Online, On-Location, and On Demand trainings for learning about AAC and Dynavox products or systems. The online Implementation Toolkit posts resources and materials for self-paced learning. For more information about available trainings, visit the Training page.

Lingraphica

www.lingraphica.com
Live Web Demos
Offers Free ASHA and CEU credits for individuals who participate in a web based courses on the Lingraphica SGD. For more information or to register, visit the Lingraphica Continuing Education page.

Prentke Romich

www.prentrom.com
Trainings
Prentke Romich provides trainings about AAC topics and best practices and resources for teaching langauge. Options include: live web-based courses (webinars), regional product trainings, self-study online course, and special interest AAC training opportunities on specific topics. For more information and to register, see the training website.

Tobii

www.tobiiati.com
Online Assistance
Tobii offers a variety of free materials that are created to help advance the training with Tobii devices by either introducing new devices or giving insight into new and innovative ways to use the Tobii equipment. For more information, visit the Tobii education training page.



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